Volatility Hedge Fund Sees Bull Market in Fear as VIX Bets Jump

(Bloomberg) Beneath calm stocks, the volatility market is jumping.Take futures on the CBOE Volatility Index, whose volume surged 50 percent this month and is on pace for a record year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Belying the lull evidenced in the VIX itself, which has traded almost 30 percent below its historical average in September, six-month contracts on the index are priced about 40 percent higher and last month the gap hit its widest since 2012.

All that’s been money in the bank for Christopher Cole, the Austin, Texas-based fund manager whose Artemis Capital Management is known for stark pronouncements like “volatility is an instrument of truth.”

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